CHED Holds 1st Higher Education Gender Summit Joined by 100 School Presidents and Heads

The Commission on Higher Education will hold the “1st CHED HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT ON GENDER ISSUES” on October 11-12, 2011 at the U.P. Bahay ng Alumni together with its co-convenors i.e. the Philippine Commission on Women, Civil Service Commission, Miriam College Women and Gender Institute, St. Scholastica’s College Institute for Women’s Studies, and the U.P. Women’s Studies Center.

Spearheaded by CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, the Summit is expected to draw 600 participants with more than 100 University Presidents and heads of public and private higher education institutions to reaffirm their commitment to strengthen gender disparity and women empowerment in the higher education sector.

The theme of this summit is “A Call for Partnership among Higher Education Institutions to Strengthen Gender Equality, Development, and Peace”.

The objectives of the Commission and its co-convenors are the following:

  1. Provide a situationer on the awareness of and good practices in school policies, curriculum and research development, programs and services pertaining to gender and development;
  2. Reiterate the importance of the strategic role of higher education in capacity building and empowerment of women through appropriate gender and development activities as enunciated in the Magna Carta for Women (RA 9710) and its Implementing Rules;
  3. Identify the various GAD activities of higher education institutions that contribute to the proper institutionalization of Gender and Development programs and effective utilization of the GAD Budget in State Universities and Colleges to develop and maintain GAD projects that would effectively assist the constituencies of the localities where they are situated; and
  4. Commit to a Medium Term Action Plan to be implemented by all higher education institutions.

The culminating activity of the Summit will be the turning over of the Higher Education GAD Accord with Declaration of Commitment by the Presidents and heads of these public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) to the Chairpersons of the Civil Service Commission, CHED and PCW.

Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, President of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) will do the honors for the public HEIs while Dr. Jose Paolo E. Campos, President of the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) will present the GAD Accord of the private HEIs.

Contact: Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison
Chair, CHED GAD Focal Point
Contact Nos. (+632) 441-1171, 0920-9174209